The truth about blogging is that you are really looking at a snapshot of folks lives. Just the bits and pieces that we want folks to see… Have a look our New Year Post:
This was the reality: Laundry to be folded, dishes from a huge breakfast with friends, a tired New Year Tree… but we had a good time!!! And the chores got done and everyone got to bed ready for another day of action…
And here is the same spot on Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn: Can you spot the difference!!!
Now if you follow our blog you will know I am all about decluttering and decluttering and decluttering. I have this fifteen minute thing going. Seriously everyday while the kids clean their teeth in the morning I sort out a little spot.
A year ago I was able to walk around our house and gather up fifty things to get rid of in a flash but it is getting harder and harder to find stuff!!! The fact is that it has to end: because the more you declutter the more of a discerning shopper you become, and eventually really not a shopper at all. Nobody wants to keep buying something just to put into the “to-donate” pile. Finally we are getting to a place where we are fitting into our space. Consistency works, just like mental math every morning eventually pays off, well so does decluttering. Last year we had a junk drawer in every room but now we just have one… and this is it!!!
But just like all families have that one strange relative that you have to accommodate or ignore, it appears that everyone has a dumping zone and since I posted my To Do list on Saturday I have discovered that most folk have a dumping room, let alone a spot!!! What a relief it isn’t just us!!!
How many times have I followed the Se7en Steps to Decluttering with this room: Totally emptied it out, sorted, discarded, donated and only packed what we wanted in there back, everything in its own place. Only to discover that it looks like a bomb went off two days later. I can’t tackle it that way now with a small baby I have to figure out another way to tackle it!!!
Now, just like that strange relative, I can ignore this room or accommodate it. This is our dumping ground and I accept that every family needs one!!! Yet it still has to serve a purpose. So I have begun: fifteen minutes a day, while the kids clean their teeth. I can’t even say I am doing a shelf a day because today I just did a folder, but eventually it will have to make a difference.
So supposing you have a strange relative in your home – a dump zone of note. Let me know in the comments how you are tackling it.